Rangers look set to win promotion from the Scottish Championship this term, but Tom Boyd has told the Scottish Sun that the Gers are still not ready to compete with Celtic for the Premiership title next season.
The Celtic hero said: “Celtic are far too strong for the league. That was proven last year when Aberdeen ran us close for a wee bit then faltered. That will be the case next season if Rangers come up. I don’t think they will be able to compete.”
Rangers are currently sitting top in the Championship, with a game in hand over Hibs who sit joint on 37 points.
Mark Warburton has built a highly attacking team with a selection of talented players, and although they have faltered slightly in recent weeks, they are sure to keep winning as the season wears on.
Despite this, and the belief that immediate promotion to the top flight would see Rangers competing with Celtic, their squad is still not ready for Premiership success.
There are a number of loan players in the squad who are unlikely to be brought back for another season, and some of the permanent signings may not make the step up to the top flight.
Celtic are so established as league winners, that even when a team competes with them, they will still see it through.
They have a squad with far more depth than any other Premiership team which may have ambitions to compete at the top level, and Rangers are going to need a number of years of building before they can mount a realistic title challenge.